Fraud Prevention (Online Self-Study)

CPE Credit: 3 
Course Level: Basic
Prerequisite: None


Every day companies entrust their employees with cash, checks, inventory, trade secrets and other assets. While the majority of employees are honest, under the right circumstances, even the most loyal employees might steal if given the motive and opportunity to do so. 

So, what can companies do? If most employees will steal under the right circumstances, then how can theft and fraud be prevented? This course addresses these questions and provides a guide to reducing your organization’s losses due to fraud. 

Fraud Prevention also explores ways to sell fraud prevention to management and provides an overview of internal controls and preventative measures that you can implement to mitigate fraud. 


Key Takeaways:  

  • Why people commit fraud 
  • How to sell the value of fraud prevention to management 
  • Preventative controls that can mitigate occupational fraud 
  • Common motivations and behavior of fraudsters 

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CPE Information:

You Will Learn How To: 

  • Recognize why people commit fraud 
  • Identify criminal behavior and common motives for fraud 
  • Categorize common occupational fraud schemes and determine which preventive controls mitigate these schemes 
  • Select fraud-prevention measures at the entity level 





Table of Contents:

  • Lesson 1: Why Prevent Fraud?
  • Lesson 2: Why Employees Commit Fraud
  • Lesson 3: Understanding Criminal Behavior
  • Lesson 4: Selling Fraud Prevention to Management
  • Lesson 5: Fraud Prevention and Internal Controls
  • Lesson 6: Occupational Fraud Schemes
  • Lesson 7: Fraud Prevention at the Entity Level

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System Requirements:

Internet access: High-speed connection recommended

Free Adobe Flash Player

Speakers required for video sound

Online Self-Study Troubleshooting Guide:

Problem: When I attempt to access my courses from “My Online Learning,” the course never launches, or I receive an error message saying my pop-up blocker needs to be turned off.

Solution: Your web browser must be configured to allow pop-ups in order to access ACFE Self-Study courses. Your browser may prompt you to allow pop-ups, or you may have to allow them manually. You may either allow them for all sites, or allow them just for the current site.

For information on how to manage your pop-up blocker settings in a specific browser, click the link below that corresponds to the browser you are using:

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Also note that many toolbars, such as the Google Toolbar and Yahoo! include pop-up blockers as well. If you have one or more toolbars installed on your browser with built-in pop-up blockers, you must configure them to allow pop-ups.

Problem: When I click on a course from “My Online Learning,” I am presented with a login page, but my username and password won't allow me to log in.

Solution: You do not have to log in a second time to access your online self-study. You most likely reached the login page because you clicked the link labeled “Click Here” as shown below:

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Do not click that link; instead, allow your browser to automatically open the eLearning window on its own, which should happen after a few seconds. This will log you in automatically so that you can access your online courses.

Problem: I receive the following error when I try to load a different lesson with a course:

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Solution: This occurs in Internet Explorer when trying to load a different lesson without closing the current lesson. This error can be avoided two different ways:

Always close the current lesson before going to another one. Always click the Close Window button (usually the red “X” in the upper right corner) of the current lesson before clicking on another lesson.

Use a different browser. This error seems to only occur in Internet Explorer, so using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome should resolve the issue (see below for links to download either of these browsers).

Other Troubleshooting Tips: If you encounter other errors, such as courses freezing or crashing, we recommend taking the following action:

Try a different browser. ACFE online self-study courses are designed to run on all modern web browsers, but if you encounter a problem that is not solved using one of the suggestions above, you can try using a different web browser to see if it eliminates the problem. We have most frequently seen where using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome has resolved an issue that was seen in Internet Explorer.

Mozilla Firefox can be downloaded here
Google Chrome can be downloaded here

Make sure you are running the latest version of Flash. Go to to see what version of Flash you are running, and then compare that to the table on that page to see what the latest version is for your operating system/browser combination. If you are not running the newest version, you should upgrade and see if that resolves the problem.